Interested in partnering with YADC?
Many people want to support rehabilitative and restorative practices in the criminal justice system, but don't know how. We are one of the only counties in Michigan with a problem-solving court of this nature and we support, and are supported by, our Kalamazoo community.
Levels of partnership include, but are not limited to:
If you are interested in partnering with YADC, please contact Probation Services Director, Lynn Kirkpatrick at 269-383-8966.
Recovery Institute of Southwest Michigan
A critical component for many of our participants is the personal journey of recovery. Recovery can take many forms and look very different for different individuals; RI offers groups and classes that support recovery processes and strengthen the positive ties that are vital to a person's success. We are also very lucky to have a Peer Support Specialist attend our programming and offer invaluable knowledge and guidance to our group. Click here to visit the Recovery Institute website.
Adventure Centre at Pretty Lake Vacation Camp
One of the most memorable experiences for some of our participants has been participating in the Leadership Development program developed with YADC and the Adventure Centre staff. During the four-phase program, our participants complete workshops at the court and on-site at the Adventure Centre to work on leadership skills, teambuilding activities, personal reflection, and conflict resolution as a component of their personal growth. Click here for information about the Adventure Centre.
Speak It Forward
YADC has worked closely with community nonprofit Speak It Forward (also known as Kinetic Affect.) A central tenet of what Speak It Forward has done at programming is creating experiences for the participants that encourage them to find their voice through creative writing and spoken word techniques. Click here to read more about Speak It Forward.
The City of Kalamazoo
Thanks to some dedicated individuals who work for the City of Kalamazoo, we have been able to work together to help our community better address the needs of our population. Crime is not an just an individual's problem; rather, it arises as a response to other environmental stressors and social issues. As the city is working hard to improve the systems and structures that enable and perpetuate crime and violence, our participants are able to use local government meetings as platforms for speaking their truth and having their voices heard. Click here to visit the City of Kalamazoo website.
Kalamazoo County HCS
In order to stay true to YADC's holistic approach toward addressing personal issues, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services has partnered with us to assist in addressing various participant needs. The Community Action Agency (CAA) works to ensure that basic needs are being met so that participants can begin to move forward with positive growth in their lives. We are also very fortunate to have the Educational Programming Coordinator present at our programming sessions to facilitate life skills activities and sessions with our participants. Click here to visit the CAA website.
Habitat for Humanity
We are excited to be collaborating with Habitat for Humanity and to give our participants the opportunity to work on projects in Kalamazoo County. The six-week program developed with Habitat staff is designed to give structure and leadership for YADC participants, hands-on projects and the chance to learn skills from experienced practitioners, and an interview with the site coordinator so that the YADC participant can practice workplace skills of communication and critical thinking. Click here to visit the Habitat website.
Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services has graciously allowed YADC to utilize rooms at its Park St./ Kalamazoo Ave. location for programming. Clinicians from KCMHSAS are available for consultation in the case of a crisis and help to remove some of the barriers to accessing mental health care. As addressing substance-related issues is an important component of individuals in the YADC program, this strategic partnership helps to ensure a connection to mental health/substance abuse counseling. Click here to visit the KCMHSAS website.
In the form of Service-Learning project implementation, educational presentations, and volunteering opportunities, the YWCA has been a great opportunity for our participants to give back to the community. In addition to emergency shelter and domestic violence services, the Y supports women in children in Kalamazoo. Click here to visit the YWCA website.